Daybreak by Leigh Wilder
Summary From Goodreads:
Both Jamie-boy and Damian have suffered since their break-up, but they are thrown together when a vampire is brutally murdered. Damian is too depressed to care and ready to let the cops deal with it–Jamie-boy is willing to do some investigating on his own.
Then there’s Lucas, a vamp tramp with a Daybreaker’s tattoo on his neck. Whose side is he on? How many people is he willing to hurt to get what he wants?
This is M/M romantica containing explicit sex, rough sex, BDSM, blood play, and violence.
Daybreak is book 5 in the Deadly Liaisons series, one that I’ve enjoyed quite a bit, and this entry didn’t disappoint. Where the first four books focused on the points of view of Jamie-boy and Damian, Daybreak also takes a look at things from the POV of newcomer Lucas. It gives a refreshing new voice and perspective to the series, seeing things from outside of Damian’s immediate influence, and giving us a closer look at the Daybreakers aka the anti-vampire group.
However, the MCs are still in control of some of the action, and for much of the story in a bit of a role reversal. Damian shows that even an older vampire can be pretty childish when hurt, drinking and sulking around his room, and seeing Jamie-boy briefly at a crime scene doesn’t help.
Then there is the normally shy and subservient Jamie-boy acting tough, going to investigate in hostile territory where he could get himself killed, and messing around with Lucas who he barely knows. He keeps himself busy and involved to show Damian that he can be of help without him, and to keep his mind off their uncertain relationship.
This is erotica, so of course there are a few naughty scenes. I won’t spoil them too much for you, because that’s one of the most fun parts, but I will say there are a few new pairings for you to enjoy. Jaime-boy stars in a couple of them, one being a tad embarrassing, but both quite enjoyable. The one completely new pairing is a little violent for my taste, but I imagine those looking for the BDSM and such will like it. As with the rest of the book, though, all of it is really well written.
With the additional POV there weren’t a whole lot of surprises until the very end, but it still worked out pretty well. There was plenty of action, a solid amount of drama, and great character development. The ending leaves a lot of arcs up in the air, and that is the way I like it in this case. I can’t wait to find out what’s coming next! For anyone looking for some well written M/M I’d certainly recommend this series. As always, thanks for reading. ^.^
Another Full Moon: Deadly Liaisons SCD #1 (Werewolf Detective Story)
Summary From Amazon:
This is a 7,000 word SHORT story.
Detective Julie Nova’s life was ruined three years ago when she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s the lead detective in New Franklin, Pennsylvania’s Supernatural Crimes Division.
A vamp tramp (someone who enjoys being bitten by vampires) is found ripped to pieces after a full moon. It’s up to an exhausted Julie Nova to fight her urges for a snack and a nap, and bring the wolfish killer to justice.
This is a companion story to the Deadly Liaisons paranormal romance series. It can be read as a stand alone story.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
While Another Full Moon may be set in the same world as the Deadly Liaisons main series, this first entry into the Werewolf Detective Story arc is far from the same kind of content. I would definitely consider this a mature read still, but because of a violent and graphic nature to some of the story, not anything sexual. There are some sexual tones that might lead to something later on in this new short story series, but it isn’t really the case here.
Another Full Moon, unsurprisingly, brings the focus to the werewolves as opposed to the vampire one of the Deadly Liaisons main series, and that brings a refreshing change of pace. Wilder’s werewolves aren’t like others you might have encountered though, with a darker, harsher side being unveiled that I urge you to take a look at. These aren’t Jacob clones, nor are they the somewhat over-sexualized ones of series like Jessica McClain, but hardier folk that have to go through some hardships because of their way of life.
This story, while it may be short, is well worth the read, and Wilder’s talent shines through as they often do with her vibrant characters and vivid, unique worlds. Click the link or cover above to get a copy on Amazon, it’s only a dollar, and if you like what you find check out the main series, it’s naughtier but just as exquisitely told. Thanks as always for reading.
Summary From Amazon:
Jamie-boy and Damian are settling into an odd life together, but money troubles force Damian to ask for assistance from his sire. While he’s away Jamie-boy is introduced to Club Midnight, a sadistic sex club catering to Daybreak, the anti-vampire group responsible for the destruction of Damian’s bar.
What Jamie-boy sees there ignites a passion in him, but there’s more to Club Midnight than kinky sex. The leader of Daybreak is cruel and manipulative and the fledgling vampires of New Franklin are in over their heads without Damian. Lives are at stake, but can Jamie-boy and Damian rescue their people, bring down Club Midnight, and still have time to get it on?
Club Midnight is book three in the Deadly Liaisons series. For those of you who haven’t read this series, and I encourage you to do so, this is M/M sub/dom with the sweet and innocent Jamie-boy being the sub, and Damian, a vampire with a hard exterior but an inner soft side being the dom. Club Midnight has the most action, and in this case I actually don’t mean the naughty variety, though there is plenty of that, of the series. There is a pretty crazy fight scene, and when vampires are involved you know that will pick it up a couple notches.
Club Midnight is also the naughtiest of the three books. It features BDSM, and at the sex club…well they take things to a whole new level, but I won’t spoil that for you. The relationship between Damian and Jamie-boy continues to grow stronger but their devotion is tested a few times in Club Midnight. Damian has to battle his feelings for his sire, Jamie-boy meets a very tempting individual at the new club, and both of them have to decide how important their relationship is and what they’ll sacrifice to keep it.
I really enjoy reading from Damian’s perspective. There is a lot of depth with his character and while his affections are pretty clear, it always seems that Wilder could take him in a thousand different directions. We are slowly seeing what makes him tick and how devoted he is to the town he lives in as well as the people he cares about. Wilder is slowly breaking him down for us and it is wonderful. As for Jamie-boy, despite his tendency to be a bit clingy, his character has grown on me. He’s a simple, sweet character, and while that might seem cliche (for a sub especially) it just works here. Club Midnight shows him at his most daring, a side I wasn’t sure I’d ever see. It added another dimension to his character, he isn’t (just) a love struck fool anymore, he breaks some rules, and gets a bit of a (soft) edge to him.
Overall I would say that this is my favorite of the three books. Clearly there is more character development which was great, there are some very naughty scenes for those interested in just that, and the plot is really intriguing and I would love to know what comes next. The relationship between Damian and Jamie-boy is really very sweet and it is hard not to fall in love right along with them. Club Midnight is steamy, naughty, witty, and is definitely a read I would recommend. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #143/200
Addicted to the Bite
Summary From Goodreads:
After one night of passion with Damian, Jamie-boy has decided pursuing a relationship with the vampire is better than committing suicide. Damian, master vampire of the city of New Franklin, PA, has a lot on his plate. A mysterious vampire is dumping drained bodies in public places all over town, and werewolf cop Detective Julie Nova is on his back about it. He doesn’t have time to deal with over-eager Jamie-boy.
Jamie-boy is determined to get what he wants–sex and pain–but to look elsewhere could mean death.
Leigh Wilder’s latest book in the Deadly Liaisons series, Bloodlines, just released so make sure to go get it here!
I really love this series! Jamie-boy and Damian make such a cute couple and Wilder’s writing is just to die for. The love that Jamie quickly develops for Damian is so sweet and innocent, yet deep and passionate and that it gives him a desire to live is just beautiful. Oh and Damian? He’s such a softie despite all the fronts he puts up regarding his growing feelings toward Jamie-boy, combine that with him being an old vampire and it’s almost too much cuteness to bear, but I ❤ it so!
This series, for me at least, is Wilder’s crowning achievement. It’s novella length (~13,000 words) but it is longer than her other pieces which are closer to 3,500-5,000 words. This allows for more storyline and in this series she excels at it. I love the characters as I mentioned earlier and the plot Wilder goes with in this novella is stellar. Putting Jamie-boy in danger to get a reaction out of Damian is classic, but Wilder executes it with such expertise that it doesn’t feel like an old trope at all.
As I’ve said countless times, Wilder is best when it comes to the sex scenes and she doesn’t disappoint in Addicted to the Bite. The chemistry between Damian and Jamie-boy is fantastic. The combination of Jamie-boy’s innocence and Damian’s experience and slight Dom tendencies allows each to have some new experiences and the results are more than satisfying. The only complaint I would have is that it was such a short scene and it left me wanting more, so much more. Though I suppose that is what book 3 is for!
Damian has this inner conflict going over if he wants to continue being with Jamie-boy but whether it is the latter’s intense desire or Damian’s lack of willpower I am glad they can’t stay apart. This is one of my favorite M/M couplings I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across and I can’t wait to read Club Midnight, book three in the series! I definitely recommend this series to anyone, they are quick reads with surprisingly intense and intriguing plots as well as some steamy goodness, what’s not to like? Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #118/200
Drain Me Dry
Summary From Goodreads:
19 year old Jamie has had it with living. He has a terrible job, no friends, and his home life is unbearable. He wants to end it all, but is too frightened to slit his own wrists. Instead he goes to The Victorian, a seedy underground blood den for vampires and their groupies, where he hopes to find an angel of death to end it all for him. Instead he finds Damian, who has much sexier things on his mind than death. Will Jamie succeed in his plan of suicide by vampire, or will he get an unexpected HEA?
Warning: The following book contains mature content and erotic situations.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I hadn’t realized it had been 2 whole months since a Hobbit Sized Review, wow! Well the style fits perfectly for this short piece. Jamie is a bit of a whiner as the MC, but he’s someone you can sympathize with because of his home situation. You may not root for Jamie, but he may be too innocent in the end for you to care. As for Damian? Insert sexy older male vampire model here please! Damian is your typical gorgeous vampire, a seasoned pro in the bedroom, and with an apparent soft spot for the innocent and the suffering. You can’t not like him.
The only complaint I have is the transition from Jamie’s suicide plan to his time with Damian is a bit rough. It’s minor and it isn’t glaring, but noticeable. Wilder excels once you move from the dialogue and over to the intimate scenes. While Drain Me Dry is a short piece, Wilder will have no problem getting you all hot and bothered and aching (pun intended) for more. It’s sexy, it is playful and Damian is everything you could want in a sexy vampire. Once you’ve drained yourself dry from reading the story you’ll be right back for more of Wilder’s fantastic writing. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.